Tears of Lys
The deadliest and stealthiest of all poisons, tears of Lys is as rare as it is untraceable—the perfect choice for the discerning assassin. This cocktail isn’t quite as lethal as its namesake, but is doubtless a poison worth picking. Cachaça is the perfect spirit for the job: not only is it made from fermented sugarcane juice; home distillers can formulate blindingly strong batches that are more potent than whiskeys and vodkas. The lime hints at its exotic and mysterious origins, and simple syrup further belies this drink’s dark purpose. One sip can erase any lingering doubts about why it so easily catches its victims off-guard… (A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30 — Eddard)
Makes 1 lethal serving
1 lime, quartered
1 teaspoon simple syrup, purchased or made by dissolving 1 part sugar in 1 part warm water and cooling
2 ounces cachaça or white rum
1. Place a lime wedge and the simple syrup in an old-fashioned glass and muddle well.
2. Add the cachaça and stir well.
3. Fill the glass with ice and stir again.
A Word of Wisdom: Not every drink is best served with muddled fruit and ice. If you prefer a clear, unadulterated cocktail, mix the whole drink in a Boston shaker, shake to combine, and strain the liquid out into your glass. Purists may argue that shaking “bruises” the spirit, but what’s a little bruising between poisoners?
Recipe and image courtesy The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond (F+W Media, April 2012) by Alan Kistler